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National Politics Wed May 06 2009

Libertarian Paradise: Come to Somalia! Government Free Since 1991

Libertarianism died a death with this latest global economic crisis ("The Great Financial Kerfuffle" if you will) just as socialism, its juvenile Utopian counterpart, did with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now we can happily insult and ridicule libertarians and their free market fundamentalist fellow travelers forever. Ha-ha!

 
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Mason / May 10, 2009 12:55 AM

LOLbertarian indeed! But seriously... How exactly did libertariansim "die" with this recent economic crisis? Because from where I'm sitting, it seems as though a good deal of blame could be placed at the feet of Federal Reserve policies.

Or was it "deregulation"? Of course, the libraries full of federal laws regarding investment securities aren't enough, as long as someone somewhere has the freedom to put their money where they want the "free market" can be the cause for any economic problem!

As for Somalia, Sudan has a "functioning state" and it doesn't seem to be doing much better... in fact, put in the context of other poor African nations, there are some bright points in Somalia, as the wikipedia article states. And just to anticipate the "why don't you move there then?" sneer, there are plenty of African countries in that region where you could do a lot worse. I'd rather pay for a protection company in Somalia than have to bribe corrupt officials anywhere else in that region of Africa.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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